DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
08-Aug-11 (12-oz bottle: Purchased for $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Tustin, CA)
While this brewery’s Blonde Ale was decent, the Amber Ale is not very good. It pours a very hazy, amber body topped by half an inch of off-white head that settles to a dusty layer. The nose is dusty, slightly tart, spicy, fruity, and slightly caramely, but smells almost Belgiany rather than like an amber ale. It gets much worse though, as the flavor is highly metallic and tastes like dishwater and apple skins. Some bready malts come through as well as a touch of spiciness, but all in all, it’s a rather offensive beer to drink. Light-medium in body, dry and cottony on the palate, and medium-plus in carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Not even slightly enjoyable and a certain drain pour.
Barreras (1471) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours an amber hue with a slight sweet aroma. Taste is very light and slightly flowery. I’m surprised this is an amber, it tastes more like a sweet lager. This beer is okay, not something I’d add to my daily rotation.
Blairgus (3884) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 Aug 2012, bottle. pink hue and amber, clear, steady bubbles. nose is nutty malt, some banana and yeast. thin body and fizzy. cracked nuts, yeasty, crisp, carbon dioxide finish. meh
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on 7/15/2011. This amber ale pours a light amber brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel and slightly tart. A light to medium bodied amber ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. There is a touch of tartness going on here as well, not sure that it is intentional. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. A touch of citrus as well. Still not sure how I feel about a tart amber ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and slightly tart.
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The beer pours a light amber color with a fizzy white head.
S: Smells...tart. Mild spice notes with some typical amber ale aromas of toffee and bread. Lots of fruit notes like pears and apples. Extremely carbonated, and a lot of the nose is muted by the intense CO2 presence.
T: Metal and green apple come through right away. A bit of lemon zest, pears, and quite tart and acidic. Almost no traits of what you’d expect from an amber ale.
M: Light to medium in body with a high carbonation.
O: I didn’t necessarily mind the flavors, but nowhere near an amber ale.